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Sensing a Changing World 2

This workshop took place in May 2012. Below you can find a description of the contents of the workshop and whenever available, the presentations that were given by the invited speakers.

Workshop Description

Three years ago the first workshop on Sensing a Changing World was held in Wageningen bringing together 80 researchers from 12 countries.


Now, tree years later, developments in sensor technology have advanced rapidly. Technological platforms matured, standards are accepted, and various (mobile) sensors become widely available. As a result the number of applications which implement sensors (including human-sensors)  and sensor web concepts are increasing, leading to new research challenges. Current developments in sensor technology provide increasing opportunities to analyze human behavior and monitor environmental processes of a changing world. Access to vast amounts of data from mobile (e.g., GPS, mobile phones), in situ (e.g., meteorological, groundwater, seismic) and remote sensing sensors provides scientific researchers with  interesting spatial-temporal data sets.

The main goal of this second edition, which is organized with support of the MODAP project (, is to present and explore the current state-of-the-art developments, impacts and research challenges for sensor web technology in the context of  environmental monitoring and analyzes.

During the workshop key-note speakers provide an overview state-of-the-art developments, impact and challenges for sensing the world in different application fields: urban, water, environment, transportation, agriculture, tourism etc. We will strive of publish a selection of the presented work in a special issue of a selected journal (to be announced).

The workshop results in an overview of the current state-of-the art developments and identification of future research challenges to improve the application of various sensor concepts and techniques in the environmental sciences domains. The workshop brings together researchers, technology developers and users of different involved disciplines and provides a forum for fruitful discussions.

Workshop Topics

We encourage the submission of both conceptual and application oriented contributions for the following topics (but are not limited to):

  • Knowledge discovery from sensory data sets.
  • Scale issues in processing and application of spatial temporal sensory data.
  • Real-time and on-demand representation and visualization of sensor data.
  • Information extraction from (informal) sensor network data.
  • Integration of sensor webs and dynamical modeling.
  • Development of location and movement based services.
  • Standardized access to sensor data and the linkage to spatial data infrastructures.
  • Application of mobile sensor based applications ( transportation, urban, tourism, cellular census, location based services etc.).
  • In situ and earth observation sensor applications (groundwater, air-quality, river management, agriculture, extreme events etc.).

List of available presentations